Richland Library sign

Richland Library’s main branch | photo by Jordan Lawrence

Richland Library is expanding its capacity for teaching life skills with the opening of its new teaching kitchen in the Northeast branch. The 536-square-foot kitchen includes 16 prep spaces and 1,400 square feet of classroom and meeting space.

The teaching kitchen will be for children and adults alike to learn about culinary techniques, different regional and international cuisines, health, and culinary literacy. Though a schedule for activities in 2019 has not yet been released, sample class types include: indoor grilling, vegan baking, mystery ingredient challenges, food photography classes, and a teen culinary camp, just to name a few.

“We’re very excited about our new space and the ability to help people learn life skills,” says Caroline Bradley, the library’s culinary arts coordinator. “This is going to be life-changing for so many customers. I can’t wait for you to come and cook with us.”

The high-tech kitchen includes convection-capable wall ovens, induction cooktops, an espresso maker, ice cream maker, tilt-head stand mixer, Vitamix blender and wall-mounted teaching screens.

The Northeast Library is located at 7490 Parklane Rd. in Columbia. — April Blake

Hallo-weiners

Drip Coffee owner Sean McCrossin just doesn’t stop trying new things. In the past few years, on top of his two caffeination parlours, he’s added the Scoopy Doo Gelato Shoppe attached to Drip in Five Points, a mobile Mystery Bus that slings both coffee and gelato, and revived Sit-n-Spin, the record label he started before moving to Columbia from North Carolina.

And this Halloween, he unveils Evil Weiner, a pop-up hot dog shop that will share space with Scoopy Doo (725 Saluda Ave.). But these are more than your average hot dogs. In addition to a beef dog, there will be a chicken dog, veggie dog and italian sausage (ranging from $3.95 to $5.95 with relishes, mayo, ketchup or mustard), along with an ambitious selection of “Evil Toppings” that you can add for an additional $1.50 to $2.95, including the “Gaylen Ross” (duck confit with City Roots microgreen arugula aioli and sliced almonds), the “Neve Campbell” (brie and pepper jelly) and the “Linda Blair” (housemade Jack Daniels chipotle barbecue sauce, pulled pork and flower honey).

Hot dogs are available Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Jordan Lawrence

Eat All the Korean Food

The South Carolina Korean Festival is happening Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1212 Richland St. and brings plenty of flavorful Korean food and culture to the table.

The family-friendly festival has free admission, but food, drink and items from vendors do cost money. Try bulgogi, kimbap, kimchi and other Korean foods while enjoying traditional Korean dances, K-pop and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations.

All proceeds from the festival are donated to local charities. — April Blake

Vote for Discounts

Sure, discounts on tasty treats shouldn’t be a primary motivator for voting, but it can help knowing that voting can net you 60 percent off of coffee and espresso drinks at Drip and gelato at Scoopy Doo on Nov. 6. Proprietor Sean McCrossin is offering the discount to anyone who shows up to either store that day wearing an “I Voted” sticker, so don’t let the election workers forget to give you you that little symbol of democracy (and discounts). — April Blake

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